According to Ursula Owusu Ekuful, Minister of Communication, mobile SIM card registration will begin on October 1, 2021. Only your ‘Ghana Card’ can be used to re-register your SIM.
The six-month exercise will come to a close on March 31st, 2022. According to the Minister, any SIM card that is not registered by the end of the exercise would be blocked.
Re-register your SIM cards with the Ghanaian SIM card – Bawumia Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President, recently revealed that plans are underway to ensure that all Ghanaians with SIM cards re-register them using the National Identification Card, also known as the Ghana card, in order to rid the country’s cyberspace of fraud, monitor, and track down persons who use their phones for criminal activities.
The Vice President stated at the 5th Ghana CEO Summit in Accra that everyone who does not participate in the exercise risks losing their SIM card.
“If we don’t do it, we’ll lose that SIM card. All MoMo transactions will have a real identity as a result of this. For example, it eliminates fraud that occurs through SIM boxes and MoMo,” he continued.
Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader, has attacked the proposal, claiming that a SIM re-registration effort will not tackle the problem of Mobile Money fraud as envisaged by Dr. Bawumia.
With that assumption, he added the Vice President is “ill-informed, inept, and exceedingly ignorant.”
He stated, “The solution to the difficulties of fraud inside the electronic money ecosystem goes beyond SIM registration.”
“We believe that requiring SIMS to be re-registered gives no significant benefit in the fight against electronic money fraud, and that it will create practical issues, such as inbound travelers who require a SIM card without a national ID,” he added.
In June 2020, a similar exercise will be held.